Being stranded at an airport is like being stuck on a city’s front doorstep. A doorstep that’s normally full of uninspiring fast food, uncomfortable chairs and awkward body searches. But before you curl up on the welcome mat and wait it out, Intrepid’s Adam Slater has come up with some handy tips for surviving the ultimate travel purgatory – the airport layover…
Tip 1 – Repack your bags
OK, this suggestion might seem rather hellish at first, but hear us out. We’re not saying you need to scatter your dirty underwear all over the boarding gate lounge, but a quick repack can make the next leg of your journey just a little bit more manageable. Heading for a change in climate? Time to take out that warm jacket for when you arrive. Where are your headphones? Could you find them in a dark aircraft cabin when the baby in front of you starts screaming? What about your passport? You’re going to need to be able to find that when, after said baby has kept you up all night, you suddenly find yourself in a foreign passport control. We might sound like your mother here, but an efficient packing strategy can stop you being ‘that guy’ who accidently threw his boarding pass in the bin with his packet of corn-chips.
You know how it is, a destination takes your fancy and you really want to go there – like now! – but there’s no one to go with. Your friends would rather spend their money on going out or buying clothes, or they give you a vague “maybe” for a date well into the future. So what do you do? Do you wait on the off chance that someone will eventually say yes to travelling with you, or do you just go ahead and plan to go by yourself?
It’s not always an easy answer, especially if you find the thought of travelling alone daunting or you haven’t travelled before. But if you wait, then you may always be waiting, and fortune favours the brave after all. Intrepid’s Jacqueline Donaldson has taken off on her own more than once, and lived to tell the tale, so here’s her tips on travelling solo…
Where to next? The one thing all real Intrepid travellers know, is that the more places you visit, the more exciting new destinations you want to explore. So how do you narrow down your options and decide your next adventure? Intrepid’s Ella Benjamin has 6 great tips for making your own travel wish list…
“With airfares getting cheaper and destinations that were once considered obscure becoming increasingly accessible, I find that my travel must-do list is forever being added to. While this allows for enjoyable travel daydreaming, it means that setting out your travel priorities is becoming more difficult. You know life is hard when your biggest problem is working out what is higher on your travel agenda – scuba diving in Indonesia or trekking in Nepal?
While travel gives you the freedom to explore new horizons with gay abandon, adhering to a few simple rules along the way can help keep you safe and happy. Comedian Adam Rozenbachs has thought long and hard about his travel precepts and at this point we want to warn you that these ideas, no matter how clever, do not necessarily reflect Intrepid’s travel philosophies…
“Having travelled quite extensively [most recently with my father] I thought it time to release my Ten Commandments of Travel. The following are certainly not set in stone [as it'd cost a fortune in extra baggage fees to bring them back], but are guidelines to help make your next trip more comfortable and less stressful.
Intrepid prefers to use local transport when possible, because as well as being an environmentally responsible way to travel, it’s a great opportunity to interact and feel less like a tourist. Christine Larsen explains why she loved bussing about in Turkey…
“The bus system in Turkey is run like a well-oiled machine and as a mode of public transport, it is magnificent. On arriving at the bus station (Otogar) you are confronted with a huge departure hall containing countless booths and workers offering destinations all over Turkey and beyond. The ‘touts’ are frenetic and offer the unsuspecting traveller a multitude of opportunities to secure a safe passage to their desired destination.
Commemorated every year on 5 June, World Environment Day is one of the main ways the United Nations “stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.” It’s also a day to remind us to take stock of our own behaviour, and that includes what we do when we’re travelling.
Whether we’re swimming in it, paddling on it, or drinking it – luxuriating in refreshing water can bring us infinite pleasure while we’re on holidays. But of course we don’t want it to be at the cost of the local residents. Nearly 3 billion people or half the world live in water-scarce conditions and people are travelling more than ever, so how can we be water wise when we’re away from home?
World-renowned photographer Steve Davey knows about everything from making use of ambient light to choosing the right zoom lens, but ask what it really takes to take great photos and he’ll tell you it’s all in your head…
“The single most effective piece of camera equipment that you can take with you on your travels is your mind. If you want to take great travel pictures, you have to think! Snap away with little or no thought or creativity, and you will be lucky to come back with anything other than simple record shots.
Who better to ask for tips on how to get ready for your next trip than Adventure Girl extraordinaire, Pamela MacNaughtan? Editor of SpunkyGirl Monologues and A.K.A. @spunkygirllogue, Pamela is always planning her next big trip. In fact, Intrepid is sponsoring her team in the Mongol Rally and that’s one incredible journey that you don’t want to risk by just winging it. So the question remains, what does Pamela suggest you tick off the list before you go?…
“You did it. You finally booked the adventure you have been dreaming about for months, possibly years. It’s exciting. It’s orgasmic. It’s OMG-what-do-I-do-now?!
Never let it be said that Intrepid staff are cheap – but it’s true that we are always on the lookout for travel bargains. This can prove more of a challenge in the big cities of the United States, but Intrepid’s Claire Baxter comes to the rescue in Los Angeles with a low-budget tip on how to see a different side of town…
“On a recent trip I decided to take advantage of the free transport provided by my airport hotel and head down to Manhattan Beach. Although I was there in December, it was still really warm and perfect weather for a stroll and an ice cream.